CES 2017: Review of the Top Phones and Gadgets
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CES 2017 was all about phones and gadgets. Consumers are now using their phones and mobile devices more than ever — and they’re looking for more advanced features. With customers less than enamored by Apple’s current offerings, many leading brands are now competing for additional market share. Here are the most unique product offerings we saw at CES 2017.
1. Asus ZenFone AR
Touted by many as the hit of CES 2017, the Asus ZenFone AR is an Android phone expressly built for augmented and virtual reality. Supporting both Tango and Daydream by Google, the device includes advanced depth perception, motion tracking, and area learning technologies. Through this, it is designed to give a fully immersive experience in addition to being a comprehensive smartphone device.
2. Samsung’s Galaxy
Samsung was noticeably quiet during CES 2017, which came on the heels of the Samsung Note 7 debacle. Known to potentially cause explosions, the Note 7 was recalled — leaving Samsung’s Galaxy S8 in limbo. But that doesn’t mean that the Galaxy S8 isn’t going to have the top technology, merely that there are some publicity issues. By all reports, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is going to have a completely revamped design, edgeless display, and no hardware buttons. This sleek all-software form factor may yet become an industry standard.
3. BlackBerry Mercury
BlackBerry remains one of the very few smartphone devices that comes with a physical keyboard. Their new Android Mercury has a highly tactile, sophisticated QWERTY keyboard at the bottom of the device, in addition to all of the advanced smartphone features customers have come to expect. The Mercury took the CES 2017 audience by surprise with its unique form factor. With its premium security features, it may yet remain a leader for business customers.
4. Watch: Misfit Vapor
The tech industry has always had a love-hate relationship with smart watches: either they’re too expensive or they’re too limited. Misfit Vapor appears to be one of the few that strikes a good balance. At a price point of slightly under $200, the Misfit Vapor comes with 4GB of storage, fitness band features, and GPS. There are interchangeable bands as well, though the watch itself is large, circular, and a bit clunky.
5. Laptop: Asus ZenBook 3
Laptops have been slowly undergoing a transformation. Conventional laptops are being supplanted by tablets, netbooks, and everything in between. But the Asus ZenBook 3 is a true laptop, with 8 GB of ram, a 2.5 GHz processor, and a sleek form factor. The Asus ZenBook 3 is a direct competitor to the Apple Macbook, which has failed to impress reviewers this year.
All-in-all, CES 2017 brought sleeker, simpler designs and an emphasis on security and new virtual reality features. Wearable technology still struggles for approval, while laptops and tablets continue to compete for market share.